Posted on 03/13/2014 at 01:50 PM by Global Reach

What is it that we can do to help ensure our students are College Ready when they leave our PK-12 educational systems?  The following principles and ideas were shared by David Conley (2013), a professor at the University of Oregon and CEO of EPIC, Educational Policy Improvement Center.

Seven Key Principles of College Readiness:
•    Principle 1:  Create and maintain a college-going culture in the school
•    Principle 2:  Create a core academic program that is aligned with and leads to college readiness by the end of 12th grade.
•    Principle 3:  Teach key self-management skills and expect students to use them.
•    Principle 4:  Make college real by preparing students for the complexity of applying to college and making the transition successfully.
•    Principle 5:  Create assignments and grading policies in high school that more closely approximate college expectations.
•    Principle 6:  Make the senior year meaningful and challenging.
•    Principle 7:  Build partnerships with and connections to postsecondary programs and institutions.

Think about the learning our students are most commonly during in our classrooms and consider the “Rule of Fourths”:  ¼ of instructional time on declarative learning; another ¼ on procedural learning; ¼ on conditional learning; and ¼ on conceptual learning.  Give students tasks and activities that require thought (analysis, interpretation, evaluation, argumentation, and reasoning) and gauge student development as strategic thinkers.

David T. Conley, Ph.D., Professor, University of Oregon; CEO, EPIC

I appreciate your sharing the seven key principles and will share them with my collegues. I particularly like principle 6: making the senior year meaningful and challenging. I also believe that this work cannot be left until the senior year. If high school teachers embark upon a system of preparing students to be college and career ready beginning with the Freshman year, I believe we will have a greater level of success. One cannot expect that all of the work to prepare students for CCR can happen during the final year. If we utilize reading, writing and math strategies that build upon one another, then I know we can have a greater impact upon the learning and success rate of students meeting College and Career Readiness benchmarks.
Synthia Shelby | 07/10/2017 at 07:28 AM
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